Arkansas is the first state in the country to begin a new approach.
As the law stands now, any sort of neglect, like forgetting to enroll a child in school or not bathing them everyday, could mean your child is sent to foster care.
But the new law will allow DHS workers a little more flexibility in responding to the child's needs.
So instead of pulling a kid out of a home for situations that aren't serious, state workers will be able to use a federal waiver to keep them at home.
Lawmakers say the move will strengthen families and teach parents to better care for their children.
"This waiver allows state officials to allow that child to stay in that home and it may not be perfect, but it's better than a foster home," says Jon Woods, a Republican Arkansas State Senator.
The new measure does not apply to instances of sexual or physical abuse.
Children in those situations will still immediately be pulled out of the home and put into foster care.